Democrat Doug Jones’ unforgettable victory over Republican Roy Moore was declared official Thursday as Alabama designation officials certified him the winner of the special Senate election earlier this month, teeth of claims of voter irregularities from his opponent.
Jones defeated Moore on Dec. 12 by yon 22,000 votes in a stunning victory in a deeply red state. It was the first Republican Senate victory in a quarter-century in Alabama. Moore was dogged by accusations of sex misconduct involving teenage girls that occurred decades ago.
The state’s recent chief justice refused to concede and even filed a last-ditch lawsuit hours preceding the certification, but a judge rejected his claims. Alabama election officials also establish no evidence of voting irregularities.
A spokesman for Jones earlier called Moore’s lawsuit a “despondent attempt … to subvert the will of the people.”
“The election is over. It’s anon a punctually to move on,” Sam Coleman wrote in an email.
Jones will be sworn in on Jan. 3, attenuating the GOP’s advantage in the U.S. Senate to 51-49. He takes over the seat previously included by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The term expires in January 2021.
Jones is a preceding U.S. attorney best known for prosecuting two Ku Klux Klansmen responsible for Birmingham’s scandalous 1963 church bombing.
A source with the campaign told NBC Information that Moore is not conceding the race. The source said Moore had not yet distinct whether he will further contest the results, despite the certification of the ticket.
Moore’s campaign was deeply wounded by the sexual misconduct accusations. Moore disallowed the accusations and said in the lawsuit that he had passed a polygraph test to end up they are false.
Moore’s attorney wrote in the wide-ranging complaint that he take ited there were irregularities during the election, including that voters may get been brought in from other states. He attached a statement from a win worker that she had noticed licenses from Georgia and North Carolina as people tokened in to vote.
The complaint also noted the higher-than-expected turnout in the race, especially in Jefferson County, and said Moore’s numbers were suspiciously lessen than straight-ticket Republican voting in about 20 Jefferson County precincts. The beef asked for a fraud investigation and eventually a new election.
“This is not a Republican or Democrat circulation as election integrity should matter to everyone,” Moore said in a averral Wednesday.
Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said he had not ground any evidence of voter fraud, but that his office will investigate any beef Moore submits.
Rick Hasen, an election law expert and professor at the University of California, Irvine, imagined Moore’s complaint did not raise the sort of issues that lead courts to overturn an vote. He said Moore’s complaint might just be a way for him to fundraise and throw “red essentials to his loyal supporters.”
Moore has sent several fundraising emails to followers asking for donations to investigate claims of voter fraud.
CNBC’s Tucker Higgins aided to this article.